Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thankful Thursday {UCI CRU}

Happy Thankful Thursday to you!

I am thankful for another year with Cru at UCI.
Because lets be honest,
I have completely fallen for this campus and for the students.
I've fallen hard.

I am thankful for my teammates who love me for me.
I am thankful for our student leaders who have hearts for the Lord and the world.
I am thankful for each student I met this week,
and all the students I will meet in the future.
I am thankful for the ways in which God has changed lives,
and drawn students into closer relationship with Himself.
I am thankful that I get to watch the girls from my freshman bible study last year,
grow in their faith, become passionate about the Gospel and
step into challenging roles as leaders this year.

Meet Shanelle, Lindsey and Lindsay.
a few of the girls from my freshman bible study last year
who I have grown to absolutely adore.

The thought of not being at UCI after this year
literally makes my heart ache.
But, I have a whole year ahead of me.
And I am so thankful that I get to be a part of
what God is doing on this campus
and in the lives of the students here.
I am so thankful that we can expect nothing but great things 
because we serve a great God!

What are you thankful for today?...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thankful Thursday!

Is it seriously Thursday again?

Today I am thankful for...
my job
the opportunity to work with international students this year
strong coffee
each of my teammates
amazing students that I get the privilege to work with
last minute house guests
conversations over a glass of wine
morning chats at the dinning table with my roommate

Trader Joe's
my iphone
technologically savvy friends
closed doors
God's sovereignty
going to church with a couple of my favorite newlyweds
peanut butter & jelly on toasted sourdough bread

 watching sunday afternoon soccer
spending quality time with my niece
learning to not be fearful of the future
my journal
waking up without an alarm clock
text messages from sweet friends
wedding invitations
jumping off docks and swimming in lakes 
and spending the past few days here...

What are you thankful for today?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Thankful Thursday (Friday)

Happy Thankful Thursday Friday to you!

It's been a busy week folks.

Yesterday as I was bouncing around from one thing to another,
I took a few minutes to sit outside on my front porch.
I sat there, closed my eyes
and began to think about everything that has happened the past few months.
Then it hit me.
I just had one of the best summer's of my life.
Things were rough, hard and even quite ugly at times,
but it was a great big adventure
and God used certain people and situations
 to greatly impact my life.

And because of this...
today I am thankful for:

this sweet summer season
raising and finishing support
my awesome ministry partners
playing in the sierra's
loving parents who welcome me home with open arms
time spent my three wonderful siblings
watching my baby niece grow up
trips to Utah
opened doors and new opportunities
closed doors and growing pains
God's perfect plan
discovering passions and desires
{each and every person I met}
beginning new relationships
God's faithfulness
father daughter fishing dates
{dancing under the stars}
answered prayers
God's absolute, perfect timing
precious letters
google hang outs
drinking sweet tea out of mason jars
God's provisions
good books
coffee dates
learning, learning, and more learning
God's undeniable handiwork
discovering more of who God is and how much He loves us
God pursuing people
friends who love me and encourage me
my sweet, loving and gracious roommates
our little apartment and our cute & quaint front porch
where I can sit with a cup of coffee,
journal and catch up on my snail mail.

There is just so much to be thankful for.

What are things from this summer season
that you are thankful for?...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Staff Planning Day 3

All I can say
is that after today's staff planning meeting...

Leadership Retreat is going to be freaking awesome.
Only 5 days until we are retreating in Lake Arrowhead 
with our Cru students leaders.
I can't stinking wait to see them all.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Staff Planning Day 2

google docs
bible study curriculum
praying and giving it all up to God
and of course more Coffee
all followed by a very unintentional hour and a half nap when arriving home.

day 2 down.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Staff Planning Day 1

drag my butt out of bed
bake coffee cake
brew an insanely large pot of coffee

9 am 
staff meeting
and coffee drinking commence...

plan plan plan
pray pray pray
(drink more coffee)
dream big
cast vision
then plan and pray some more.

we begin to look like this.

staff meeting ends
(an hour early!)

lay face down on the couch
and pass out.

I would say it was a very successful first day of work.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Very Thankful Thursday

A very  Happy Thankful Thursday to you!

Today I am thankful that I can say
 I am officially 100% supported!

I was praying even before I started raising support back in June
that it would some how be different than last year.
{last year was horrible
 and I DID NOT want to experience that again}
And when I say pray I mean I was pleading with God
that He would bring in all I need before my 
September 1st deadline.
In fact to make things interesting,
 I decided I wanted to finish the day before my deadline.
On August 31st.
I look back on how He brought in all my support last year
when things were looking nothing but grim 
and I know God is more than capable.
He can to this.

About a week ago
I only had a little more left to raise.
But at the rate things were happening
it was looking more and more like 
I would probably finish a few days after my deadline.
I decided to be happy about that
because even though it wasn't the 31st,
at least I would be finishing before campus stuff started.

Last Thursday night I couldn't sleep.
{pretty standard when raising support}
so naturally I got up and worked on support.
I checked my email and went over my numbers.
I redid some of my math and ended up changing a couple things.
I then added in some new support I saw come in when I went through my email
and then literally out of no where I was staring at this...

 I knew I had to have made a mistake somewhere.
{numbers are not my thing}
I went back and did the math 3, 4, 5 more times
but I kept getting the same result.

And just like that I was done with support.
I looked at the time and it was 1:47am
Friday, August 31st. 
The day before my deadline.
{I'm thinking God was laughing right along with me at this point}
By 1:48am this is precisely what was happening,
tears of joy.

I am thankful for each and every prayer 
that God answered so specifically.
{there are too many to count}

I am thankful for all God has taught me
through having to raise support this summer.
I am thankful that He has used this time
 to prepare me for what He has in store this coming year.
{in life & in ministry}

 I am thankful that God has been
 {and continues to be}
 extremely faithful and gracious 
and though I don't deserve any of it,
He once again brought in every cent that I needed.

I am extremely thankful
for each and every person on my support team.
I am thankful for your steps of faith to partner with me
and walk alongside me through this next year.
You each mean the world to me
and I can't wait to see how the Lord is going to use you and your support
to change lives.

And I am so stinking thankful that I can finally say...
peace out, so long, sayonara to support,
and hello to full time campus ministry!

What are you thankful for today?....